VA Benefits for Trades, Transportation Training at CSM

            The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Maryland Division of Planning and Academic Affairs have approved the use of veterans benefits for selected non-credit trades and transportation training certificate programs at the College of Southern Maryland. Veterans are approved to use their GI Bill educational benefits for electrical helper, entry-level plumber, certified structural welder and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) helper programs through the Center for Trades and Energy Training (CTET) in Waldorf or for commercial truck driver class A training through the Center for Transportation Training in La Plata effective immediately.  

            One out of every 19 CSM students is a student using veterans’ educational benefits with nearly 900 such students during the 2011-12 academic year. CSM has the third largest enrollment of veteran students in four-year and two-year colleges in Maryland.

             “The HVAC program at the College of Southern Maryland is an excellent opportunity for veterans to receive training in a career that will never disappear,” said CTET Director Dr. Ricky C. Godbolt, a retired U.S. Army Warrant Officer who has a Universal Refrigerant License. “Indoor air quality is important within our homes, schools and work environments. Our HVAC students receive high-quality training in a state-of-the-art facility.”

CTET has been approved as an HVAC/R training organization and as a testing site for the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) program.

“Credentials and certifications are invaluable in today’s highly competitive job market. Combining military leadership, discipline and ethics with our high quality training and commitment to excellence will prepare our veterans for a new journey on the road to success,” said CSM Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Dr. Daniel Mosser.

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